McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor cites Center’s State Integrity Investigation in announcing new initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… slature can pass meaningful reforms. “I’m skeptical,” he said. …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… claim financial backers from every U.S. state — although New Yorkers and Californians account for nearly half of the money it raised in 2013, according to fig …"

"… ork combined to give just shy of $1 million last year, as did residents of California. Only in seven states — Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dako …"

Virginia's move toward ethics reform leaves many unimpressed

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators pass modest changes, but critics abound.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ort as little more than a gesture, and it remains unclear whether new Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign the measure in its existing form. Virginia has among the least …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… o break the list of the top 10 super PAC donors in 2013 was John Jordan, a California vintner who ranked ninth overall after contributing $1.7 million to a supe …"

McAuliffe takes step toward reform in Virginia

By Nicholas Kusnetz

McAuliffe executive order limits gifts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… do so. …"

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama bundler named to top arts post

By Michael Beckel

Pro-lesbian super PAC founder and Obama campaign bundler Laura Ricketts named Kennedy Center trustee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… st three other Republican super donors gave more to super PACs: Bob Perry, Harold Simmons and Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund, …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications Inc.":

"… ts board of directors, which includes representatives of companies such as Verizon Communications Inc., Phillips 66 Company, Xerox Corp., Alcoa Inc., IBM, United Parcel Service, …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ove, former political strategists for President George W. Bush, co-founded American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jank …"

Libertarians declare 'mission accomplished' in Virginia — after super PAC help

By Michael Beckel

Libertarians pleased with showing in Virginia gubernatorial race, where super PACs bolstered their underdog candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… after Virginia voters narrowly elected Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Libertarian National Committee Executive D …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… m out-of-state donors while at the same time hammering Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe for doing the same, campaign finance records show. Cuccinelli has receive …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… bility to help fill the campaign coffers of gubernatorial candidates. The Republican Governors Association has given a massive sum of money — nearly $5.7 million — to Virginia A …"

"… v. 5. Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the Republican Governors Association donated $1 million to Ken Cuccinelli's attorney general campaign account. …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… ecided — almost exclusively — by men.” This month, Republican Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio each signed contentious anti-abortion …"

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ken Cuccinelli":

"… reached into the governor’s cabinet as well. In April, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor on the Republican ticket this year, amended h …"

Trump giving advice to Palin? She should consider his track record to past politicians

By Sylvia Hall

Should Palin be getting advice from Trump, whose political contributions went to many scandalous pols

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ving the state pension system; $25,000 to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who was accused and acquitted of insider trading at the tech business, Gl …"

Democrats likely to choose Howard Dean as leader

By The Center for Public Integrity

During his run for president in 2003, the former governor from Vermont pioneered Internet fundraising

Excerpts from this story referencing "the primary":

"… oyee took a leave of absence to work on Dean's Web site around the time of the primary, according to press accounts.The Internet did for Dean almost overnight wh …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "travel expenses":

"… t $4.67 million was spent on payroll and consulting, $585,000 was spent on travel expenses and $283,000 was spent on media expenses. New York 2004, the host committe …"

It's their party: DNC demands boost cost of convention, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — On the way to running up an estimated $95 million tab for its 2004 presidential nominating convention in Boston,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… vered his city’s pitch to host the Democratic convention to DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe in the main lobby of Grand Central Station. Included with the bid document …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ent: Republicans simply had more money.Fundraising figures reported to the Federal Election Commission seemed to suggest he was right. The Republican Party raised slightly more …"

"… onal party committees have been disclosed by the national parties on their Federal Election Commission forms, but the Center's study is the first to detail not only the source o …"

"… orms similar to those that federal candidates and committees file with the Federal Election Commission.Because of their tax status, 527 committees offer some advantages to donor …"

Trading in favors

By Alex Knott and Aubrey Bruggeman

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 — Legislative favors, increased access to federal lawmakers and instructions on how to use loopholes to evade feder

Excerpts from this story referencing "MBNA":

"… n lawmakers and cabinet secretaries they wanted to dine with.For instance, MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, which has donate …"

White House overnight guests listed

By The Center for Public Integrity

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2000 — A list released by the White House shows that 404 guests stayed overnight at the White House and Camp David

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maureen Schulman":

"… nbloomKate RosenbloomAlana SchulmanHaley SchulmanKori SchulmanMarc SchulmanMaureen SchulmanAlexandra SchusterCarly SchusterElaine SchusterGerald SchusterHeidi Scbuste …"

Who bankrolls Bush and his Democratic rivals?

By The Center for Public Integrity

A look at the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… 00,000 to Bush over the course of his political career, according to a new Center for Public Integrity book, The Buying of the President 2004 (HarperCollins).In 2003, …"

"… Challengers—and What They Expect in Return by Charles Lewis and the Center for Public Integrity is the only book to offer investigative profiles of all the major party ca …"

"… r career patrons.A team of 53 researchers, writers and editors at the Center for Public Integrity gathered and analyzed tens of thousands of pages of government data obtain …"

"… offers an in-depth look at the first years of the Bush administration.The Center for Public Integrity will continue to update its information on the candidates and their career …"

Army general had business deal with Clinton-Gore money man

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 27, 2000 — Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, the first female three-star general in the history of the U.S. Army and the a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… J. Kennedy, the first female three-star general in the history of the U.S. Army and the accuser in a sexual harassment scandal, was in business with contr …"

"… itions that are offered because of the individual’s role in the military.Army spokesman Lt. Col. William R. Oaks issued a statement Thursday afternoon s …"

"… Col. William R. Oaks issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying that the Army had approved Kennedy’s “business arrangement,” provided “no compen …"

"… provided “no compensation was received and her official position in the Army was not identified in reference to her position as a board member.”Kenne …"

Investigation, audit reveal past mismanagement by Gore's campaign manager

By Bill Hogan

WASHINGTON, October 2, 1999 — On May 11, praising "his leadership skills and strategic vision," Vice President Al Gore named Tony Coelho gen